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in hiding, is helped by members of the Dutch resistance. Liberation
removes the Nazi tyranny, but fails to rescue her from her personal
stresses.
Mosco,
M
a i s i e
.
Almonds and raisins.
New York: Harper Collins, 1991.
463 p.;
Scattered Seed
New York: Harper Collins, 1991. 608 p.
The first and second parts of a trilogy that traces two families,
the outgoing Sandbergs from Russia, and the bookish Moritzes
from Austria, that meet as refugees in England prior to World
War I. The strong friendship that develops shapes three gener­
ations of their families.
The operatedJew, two tales of anti-Semitism.
“The Operated Jew” by Oskar
Panizza and “The Operated Goy” by Mynona. T r . and with com­
mentary by Jack Zipes. New York: Routledge, 1991. 137 p.
The protagonist of Panizza’s 1893 satire on German anti-
Semitism seeks to have his racial characteristics surgically “normal­
ized.” The 1922 tale by Shlomo Friedlander, written under the
pen name of Mynona, inverts Panizza’s tale by relating how a Ger­
man Count named Rehsok (kosher spelled backwards) surgically
transforms himself into the stereotype of a Jewish intellectual.
P a v e l , O t a .
H
ow
I
c am e to kn ow f i s h .
T r . from the Czech by Jindriska
Badal and Robert McDowell. New York: New Directions, 1991.
150 p.
The author’s childhood in Czechoslovakia is captured in these
short stories. His Jewish father was a fisherman with his own pond.
It was confiscated by the Nazis who sent him and the two oldest
sons to a concentration camp. Ota, too young to work, stayed with
his gentile mother, poaching fish to avoid starvation.
P
i e r c y
, M
a r g e
.
He, she and it.
New York: Knopf, 1991. 446 p.
A tale of the 21st century where information has become the
highest priced commodity. Protagonist Shira Shipman, a
psychoengineer, leaves Multi, a major corporate city-state that
owns a large portion of the world. In the town of Tikva, Shira
and Grandma Malkah, a brilliant and feisty programmer, join ef­
forts with Yod, a cyborg, to maintain the city’s freedom.
P
l a u t
, G
u n t h e r
.
The man who would be messiah.
Cincinnati: Mosaic
Press, 1991. 257 p.
The life of Jacob Frank, the eighteenth century messianic figure
who founded the Frankist sect, is the subject of this fictionalized
re-evaluation.
P
o l l a c k
, E
i l e e n
.
The rabbi in the attic.
New York: Delphinium Books/
Simon & Schuster, 1991. 241 p.
The main story in this collection focuses on the dismissal of an
obsessively Orthodox rabbi by a mildly traditional congregation.